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Sep 13

Going Global: Study abroad Q&A with Austin Morrel

Carolina students have amazing opportunities at their fingertips, and studying abroad is one of the most popular. UNC offers more than 300 study abroad programs across 70 different countries – from summer semesters to year-long programs. Over the next few days, we will introduce you to six Carolina students who packed their bags and set out to new classrooms all over the world.


“Sure, you can travel when you are older; however, there is something truly unique about being abroad as a college student.”


 

Austin Morrel from Cary, North Carolina

Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute; Florence, Italy

Favorite memory from abroad: I took a trip to Venice one weekend with 4 friends. It was during the Carnival of Venice. It was one of the best weekends of my life. We explored the city, bought masks (as part of the festival), and attended the goofiest concert I’ve ever attended in San Marco Square.

How UNC helped: UNC did an awesome job of helping me plan my abroad experience as well as during my time abroad. In terms of planning, UNC’s study abroad website does a great job of breaking down the expected pricing of each of the different programs. This helped me a lot in the planning phase of my time abroad. While abroad, I was able to quickly communicate with the study abroad office. I remember having an academic schedule issue arise, and they were able to respond within 24 hours and approve a schedule change. I really appreciated how quickly they responded to my emails.

Advice to students who want to study abroad: Much like the Nike saying, “just do it.” Studying abroad is something in which one will only ever have one chance to do. Sure, you can travel when you are older; however, there is something truly unique about being abroad as a college student. I know so many people who don’t study abroad, and they don’t know just how much they are missing out on. If you study abroad, make sure to travel as much as your budget will allow, and then some.

 

Stay tuned for the next four study abroad student profiles!

 

To find out more about study abroad opportunities at Carolina, please visit the Study Abroad website at https://studyabroad.unc.edu/